According to security researchers, NetGuideSearch is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) belonging to the Adware family. Adware is a part of malicious software created to throw advertisements up on your browser screen. The NetGuideSearch adware generates revenue for its author by randomly displaying tons of advertisements and pop-up deals. You might experience a change in your home page or search engine, new tabs opening or even a redirect to shady web-sites.
Even worse, adware can install a component that enables its creator to track which websites you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to select the type of ads they show you. So, if you had NetGuideSearch on your MAC OS, there is a good chance you have another that is collecting and sharing your data with third parties, without your knowledge.
So, if you happen to encounter the NetGuideSearch adware, then be quick and take effort to get rid of adware software that causes unwanted ads as soon as possible. Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to remove NetGuideSearch. Let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
How does NetGuideSearch get on your MAC OS
|Name||NetGuideSearch, Net Guide Search 1.0 app|
|Type||adware software, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop ups, popup ads, pop-up virus|
|Removal||NetGuideSearch removal guide|
How to Remove NetGuideSearch adware (removal guide)
According to IT security professionals, NetGuideSearch removal can be finished manually and/or automatically. These utilities which are listed below will help you remove adware, malicious web-browser addons, malicious software and PUPs . However, if you’re not willing to install other software to delete NetGuideSearch adware, then use guidance listed below to restore your Apple Mac settings to defaults.
To remove NetGuideSearch, execute the steps below:
- How to get rid of NetGuideSearch adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of NetGuideSearch adware
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
How to get rid of NetGuideSearch adware without any software
In most cases, it is possible to manually remove NetGuideSearch . This method does not involve the use of any tricks or removal tools. You just need to restore the normal settings of the MAC system and web browser. This can be done by following a few simple steps below. If you want to quickly remove NetGuideSearch , as well as perform a full scan of your machine, we recommend that you use adware removal utilities, which are listed below.
Uninstall dubious applications using the Finder
Some PUPs, browser hijacking apps and adware may be removed by uninstalling the free programs they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed applications in Finder. Use the “Move to Trash” command in order to delete them.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your MAC. Most likely, one of them is the NetGuideSearch adware that causes intrusive popup ads. If you’ve many applications installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation.
Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it and choose “Move to Trash”. Another solution is drag the program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Don’t forget, select Finder -> “Empty Trash”.
Get rid of NetGuideSearch adware from Safari
The Safari reset is great if your web browser is hijacked by NetGuideSearch or you have unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by an malicious software.
Click Safari menu and select “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious addons on left panel, select it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all unknown plugins from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Remove NetGuideSearch from Chrome
If your Google Chrome web-browser is affected by NetGuideSearch, it may be necessary to completely reset your web-browser program to its default settings.
- First start the Google Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is finished, your web browser’s new tab page, search provider by default and start page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove NetGuideSearch from Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox reset will remove unwanted ads, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be lost. This will not affect your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other saved data.
Start the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like the one below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the NetGuideSearch adware. After, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of NetGuideSearch adware
In order to completely get rid of NetGuideSearch ads, you not only need to delete adware from your MAC system, but also delete all its components in your machine including system folders. We recommend to download and use free removal utilities to automatically free your Apple Mac of NetGuideSearch.
Automatically get rid of NetGuideSearch with MalwareBytes Free
We advise using the MalwareBytes which are fully clean your MAC OS of the adware. This free tool is an advanced malware removal program designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you delete the NetGuideSearch ads from your browsers, potentially unwanted programs, malware, hijacker, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Installing the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) by clicking on the link below.
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After downloading is finished, close all windows on your MAC system. Further, open the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes will automatically launch and you may see its main window as displayed below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your MAC OS for the NetGuideSearch adware software. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted apps are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once the system scan is done, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Remove Selected Items” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware will remove NetGuideSearch adware and move the selected threats to the program’s quarantine.
How to stay safe online
If you surf the Web, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your internet browser against it. Download and use an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad blocking which can filter out a lot of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
- Please go to the following link to download the latest version of AdGuard for Mac OS.
AdGuard for Mac download
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- Once the download is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop annoying ads, block harmful and misleading webpages.
After completing the few simple steps above, your MAC should be clean from this adware software and other malicious software. The Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome will no longer display the NetGuideSearch ads when you surf the Net. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware software, and then the best way – ask for help.
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